Animals come first at Borders Pet Rescue

Borders Pet Rescue Centre Manager Helen Bastin with Jim Hume MSP.
Borders Pet Rescue Centre Manager Helen Bastin with Jim Hume MSP.

The work of an animal welfare charity in the Borders has been praised by MSP Jim Hume.

Mr Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat South Scotland MSP, last week took the chance to visit Borders Pet Rescue in Earlston to hear about the centre’s work.

Centre manager Helen Bastin took the MSP on a grand tour around the charity’s rehoming centre in Earlston.

Jim Hume said: “It’s fantastic to see the dedication and hard work of Helen and her team, and their reward in getting animals rehabilitated.

“Helen explained that she’s seen an increase in the number of animals being brought to the centre in recent years, which she thinks could be down to people’s changing personal circumstances since the recession.

“Helen and her team are doing a great job in looking after the welfare of animals in the Borders and I wish them every success in continuing their work.”

Centre Manager Helen Bastin added:“Although the charity has been running for 25 years as Borders Animal Welfare Association, we took the decision to re-brand with a memorable new name which reflects exactly what we stand for and to raise more of a profile in the local community.

“That’s why Borders Pet Rescue has been launched, to provide a platform to build a bright future for the charity so that we can continue to help animals in need for many years to come.”

The charity is run by a voluntary committee of Trustees who work to ensure the most efficient and effective service is delivered to the animals who come into our care.

Borders Pet Rescue is always looking for more volunteers - all you need and a few hours of spare time. Do give them a call if you think you could help them in any way on 01896 849090 or check their website at